Following the marriage between Xbox and Activision-Blizzard, gaming enthusiasts wondered whether a giant franchise like Call of Duty would become exclusive Microsoft or if the shooter series could continue to exist on P platforms as well.
After hours of speculation and rumors of the hallway, we finally have an official statement from Phil Spencer. Microsoft Gaming’s leader intervened with a Twitter post to specify that Call of Duty will not disappear from PlayStation consoles. Apparently Spencer and Sony discussed this issue this week, and Microsoft confirmed that contractual obligations will be met as per the programme.
“I had a positive meeting with Sony’s leaders this week. I confirmed our intention to honour all existing agreements after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry and we appreciate our relationship.” Unless further clarification, perhaps concerning specific contents of the upcoming premium chapters of the series, the discussion about the possible exclusivity of Call of Duty’s brand seems to be over at this point.
Spencer spent words of appreciation toward Sony when he said he was concerned about the impact that companies might have on the market far from the gaming world.